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Sport united: England plan tributes for London attack victims as Champions Trophy and Team Sky pay respects

Date Posted,June 3, 2017

England’s Young Lions will wear black arm bands and observe a minute’s silence when they face Japan in France today after attacks overnight in London.

The senior team is expected to follow suit with similar tributes during their World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Saturday. Gareth Southgate’s side also have a friendly in France on Tuesday, June 13.

Seven people are confirmed killed and dozens more injured after a series of attacks on and near London Bridge on Saturday night, the second such attack in a fortnight.

The England football teams’ official Twitter profile expressed their condolences to the victims.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families and friends following the attacks in London on Saturday evening,” England tweeted.

George Hirst, wearing a black arm band, celebrates scoring England’s opening goal against Japan in their Toulon Tournament match (Photo: Rex Features)

Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United were among the London clubs to post their sympathies.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by last night’s attack #LondonBridge,” Arsenal said.

Spurs posted: “The thoughts of everyone at the club are with all those affected by the tragic events in London last night.”

“Everybody’s thoughts at Manchester United are with those who have been affected by Saturday night’s attacks in London,” said Man United.

Cricket’s Champions Trophy is continuing under heightened security, with India taking on Pakistan at Edgbaston today after a minute’s silence.

The International Cricket Council said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by what has happened in London overnight.

“The ICC and ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board] continue to place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority.”

The ICC added swift measures were immediately taken to ensure the safety of competing teams around the country.

Fans pose with armed officers outside the Carrick testimonial (Photo: REUTERS)

The statement continued: “Following last night’s incident all team hotels went into lockdown and teams, match officials and staff were all quickly accounted for.

“The enhanced security around venues implemented following the Manchester attack remains in place, and this includes significantly enhanced police and security presence for today’s match.

“The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations, and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe.”

England’s next fixture is against New Zealand in Cardiff on Tuesday while Australia meet Bangladesh at The Oval on Monday – with the two teams set to train at the venue on Sunday.

A Cricket Australia spokesman said: “As with the rest of the world, the Australian team is shocked and saddened at the events that have occurred in London overnight and our thoughts are with those directly involved and their loved ones.

“The team, support staff and travelling contingent have been accounted for. Our security team is working closely with the ICC and LOC to ensure the safety and security of our players and support staff is paramount.

Today’s match at Edgbaston honoured the victims of the tragedy (Photo: PA)

“At this stage we are comfortable with the level of security being provided to us and will continue to monitor the situation.”

The ECB tweeted: “Our thoughts go to all of those affected by last night’s shocking events in London along with our admiration for those supporting them.”

South Wales Police said events in Cardiff Bay following Saturday night’s Champions League final would go ahead as planned.

Sam Warburton delivered a heartfelt message from the Lions in New Zealand (Photo: Getty)

“Our thoughts are with the people affected by the events in London last night,” assistant chief constable Richard Lewis said in a statement.

“The UCL festival continues and we would like to reassure people that plans in place for today remain significant and people will continue to see a large police presence throughout Cardiff.”

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton says the thoughts of the team, who played the first match of their New Zealand tour on Saturday, are with those affected.

“The guys have woken up to some news of some unfortunate events that happened in London,” he said.

Team Sky observed a minute’s silence ahead of the Dauphine Criterium (Photo: Getty)

“I just wanted to wish those involved all the best wishes from the Lions players and management.

“Our thoughts are always with the people back home in Britain and Ireland. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the families and people involved in that incident.”

In Saint Etienne Team Sky lined up at the front of the peloton for a minute’s silence on the start line of the Criterium du Dauphine, where Chris Froome is this week bidding for a record fourth overall victory as he tests his form for the Tour de France.

Speaking to the event website about the attacks, Froome said: “Of course it’s pretty scary. It’s close to home for a lot people. It’s something happening far too regularly these days. From our point of view, as a team, our sympathy goes to everyone affected by this attack.”

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